Palace of Gold - New Vrindaban

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Originally intended in 1972 to be a residence for A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896--1977), the Founder/Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the plans evolved after Prabhupada's death in November 1977 for an ornate palace of marble, gold and carved teakwood, which was dedicated as a memorial shrine on September 2, 1979. Kirtanananda Swami (the leader of the New Vrindaban Community) and Bhagavatananda das (the community's principal architect and sculptor) were the two primary forces behind its design and construction.